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Will Ferrell to Run From Dinosaurs, Presumably in Underpants

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Ferrell Journeys to Land of the Lost: Will Ferrell will topline Universal’s $100 million big-screen adaptation of the kiddie sci-fi show Land of the Lost. Industry insiders speculate that the film may well contain scenes of Ferrell screaming comically and fleeing from dinosaurs in his underwear. [Variety]

Bana to Menace Young Enterprise: Eric Bana joins the cast of the J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek reboot as the primary villain, Nero. Bana’s great and all, but come on, J.J.! Ricardo Montalban’s 87, not dead! He can do it! [Variety]

Chevy Chases Field: Fletch and Murtaugh fight over Gidget! Chevy Chase will appear in a multi-episode arc on the ABC drama Brothers and Sisters as a high-school boyfriend of Sally Field’s Nora Walker and a possible rival to her new love interest, played by Danny Glover. [HR]

Back to Compton: Once the most dangerous cassette in our nation’s tape decks, NWA’s Straight Outta Compton will be rereleased in December by Capitol/Priority as another bloated nostalgia item. Twentieth-anniversary reissue contains four new covers of popular Compton tracks by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Snoop Dogg, and C-Murder, among others, as well as a collection of the late Eazy-E’s collaborations and solo tracks. [Billboard]

I’ll Be Back … With a Terrible New Title! Warner Bros. has acquired the North American distribution rights to Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins and announces an early-2008 start of production. The fourth film in the Terminator franchise is said to focus on the postapocalyptic war between the humans and the machines. [Variety]

Sopranos Relocate to Chicago Sopranos veterans Aida Turturro and Vincent Pastore will join the cast of Broadway’s Chicago on November 19 as, respectively, Matron “Mama” Morton and meek husband Amos Hart. Get ready for a bunch of lame “Sopranos finally sing!” print and subway ads. [Playbill]

Will Ferrell to Run From Dinosaurs, Presumably in Underpants